A few weeks ago I shared my favorite podcasts for families. It’s great to have a list of kid-friendly podcasts, but sometimes it’s nice to unplug from all of the “kid media” and listen to something just for you, the adult. And, parenting podcasts don’t count! I’m talking about a genre you find interesting.
Podcasts are a great way to learn more about those things that YOU are interested in and love. You can listen to them while you do some household tasks, exercise, or even as you’re driving/riding in the car. I often listen while taking a short break to eat during my work day. There are hundreds of free podcasts available on a variety of topics.
Here are my favorite podcasts
How To Do Everything
This podcast is literally what the title suggests. Hosts Mike Danforth & Ian Chillag take your questions and provide answers on how to do virtually anything. They often bring in experts on the area in question to give advice. Shows cover a range of topics: Who do you call when a killer asteroid is on its way? How to find water in the desert? How to clean your ceiling? The show is half advice, half survival guide. No question is too big or too small. It’s interesting, hilarious, and never boring.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
This is a fun podcasts for adults who love history. It’s on my list of Favorite Family Friendly podcasts as it’s a great podcast for those 12 and older. Segments run between 30-50 minutes. It’s hosted by Holly and Tracy who attempt to separate truth from fiction about certain historical stories and personas. You can easily exercise or do household tasks while listening to this entertaining podcast!
This American Life
This American Life podcast content is the same as the radio broadcast except, on occasion, when extra material is included on the podcast that had to be cut from the radio show for the sake of time. Each weekly podcast brings first-person stories and short fiction pieces that are inspirational, funny, and surprising.
Daily Tech News Show
Daily Tech News Show is great for those who want to stay up to date on technology news. Host Tom Merritt brings essential headlines in tech news that day. The show also includes information from regular contributors and guest perspectives from some of the top names in technology. This is a great podcast for those wanting to keep up on the fast moving world of technology.
True Crime Podcasts
I love true crime: books, movies, television series, and podcasts. So, a number of my favorite podcasts fall in the true crime category.
This podcast is a widely popular series from the creators of This American Life. It tells one true story over the course of a season. Each season, follows a plot and characters wherever they lead. The host is Sarah Koenig, and listeners literally follow along as the story unfolds. Serial is a weekly podcast. You’ll find yourself anxious for the next chapter in the story as it rolls out each week. It’s important to listen to the episodes in order.
Criminal is a podcast about crime and tells the stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Most episodes stand alone, so you don’t need to listen to them in order. It’s like a collection of short stories in podcast form.
Sword and Scale
Sword and Scale explores some of the most brutal crimes and conspiracies. Most of these crimes are set in America and Canada. Sword and Stone isn’t a series where the listener is trying to solve the case. Creator and host Mike Boudet for the most part investigates solved and often bizarre cases. What makes this podcast so interesting is the way Boudet puts together this podcast. Many episodes are based around original tapes – interviews, trial snippets, and 911 calls. Some installments include criminal experts, authors, or people related to the case. Boudet shapes the narrative with facts and questions, or notes key points. This podcast is not for the faint of heart. But, true crime buffs will definitely want to add Sword and Scale to their podcast list.
Do you have a favorite podcast? Be sure to share it with me in the comments section.